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Transfer and Visiting Students

The Law School's transfer and visiting students enhance our classrooms and community. Admission as a transfer student or a visiting student is available to those applicants who have been attending a law school that is a member of the Association of American Law Schools and is accredited by the American Bar Association.

A transfer student has completed one year of full-time study at another law school and intends to complete a law degree at the University of Minnesota. A visiting student is one who plans to spend a year or less at our University. Transfer and visiting applications become available in January each year. The deadline to apply for transfer admission is August 1, 2015.

Transfer Applications Components and Procedure

Applicants seeking admission as a transfer student must register with the LSAC Credential Assembly Service (CAS) in accordance with the Law School's application procedure, submit an application, and pay an application fee of $75. To complete a transfer application, the following additional documentation must also be provided either to LSAC or to our Law School directly, as instructed below. Please be sure to follow the instructions carefully.

Submit the following four items to LSAC:

  1. Law school transcript, which may only have first semester grades depending on when applying (current law school's registrar sends to LSAC)
  2. One letter of recommendation from a law school instructor (recommender sends to LSAC)
  3. Personal Statement that is 2-5 pages, double-spaced which should discuss your interest in the University of Minnesota Law School specifically (student submits with application through LSAC)
  4. Current resume (student submits with application through LSAC)

Have the applicable registrar's office send the following three items directly to our Law School:

  1. Letter of good standing (as soon as you submit your application)
  2. Official and final transcript documenting that a Bachelor's degree has been obtained (only if you've been admitted)
  3. Final and official law school transcript showing all grades earned in the first year of law study and final class rank (after your second semester grades from your 1L year are posted)

Final transcripts must be received by the first day of class. Failure to provide the Law School with official and final transcripts may result in revocation of admission.

Please have your registrar mail official, final transcripts to:

University of Minnesota Law School
Office of Admissions
290 Walter F. Mondale Hall
229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

NOTE: Credit evaluation for law school courses will be completed by the Dean of Students Office by July 1, or for students who submit a seat deposit after that, approximately two weeks after receipt of final law school transcript. If you have questions about your transfer credits, please contact the Student Services Office directly at lawdos@umn.edu.

Visiting Students

Applicants who wish to attend the Law School for a year or less as visiting students are not required to register with CAS. However, they must submit the same information as transfer students, including a transcript that reflects all first-year and second-year law school grades. The deadline to apply as a visiting student beginning in the Fall semester is August 1; the deadline to apply as a visiting student beginning in the Spring semester is December 1.

Registration with Credential Assembly Service

All applicants must first register with the Credential Assembly Service (CAS). The service will act as a repository for academic transcripts, testing scores, and letters of recommendation. CAS will summarize your transcripts and send them to each law school to which you apply. If not applying online, applicants must still register for CAS.

Register with the CAS online at www.lsac.org, or contact:
Law School Admission Council
P.O. Box 2001
661 Penn St.
Newtown, PA 18940-0981
Phone: 215-968-1001

Application Form

The application form is available electronically on the University of Minnesota Law School application page, or on the Law School Admissions Council Web site at www.lsac.org. The form must be completed in its entirety, signed, and submitted to the University of Minnesota Law School Admissions Office. We strongly recommend that applicants submit their applications online. If submitting an application directly to the Law School, applicants must still register for the Credential Assembly Service (CAS) through the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).

Application Fee

All applicants must submit a $75 nonrefundable credentials examination fee with the application form. For electronic applications, the fee may be paid by credit card. For all other applications, please include a check or money order (drawn on a U.S. bank) payable to the University of Minnesota Law School.

Applicants who cannot afford to pay the fee may request a fee waiver by obtaining a fee waiver request form from the admissions office by emailing jdadmissions@umn.edu and returning it to us. If possible, include a letter from a financial aid officer or a copy of recent tax returns to support the financial need.

Character and Fitness

All states require applicants to the bar to establish their character and fitness to practice law. All applicants should carefully review the character and fitness requirements for the state in which they intend to practice. Links to state bar examiners can be located at: http://www.ncbex.org/bar-admissions/offices/.

Journals and Moot Courts

To satisfy the 2L legal writing requirement at Minnesota Law, all students must participate in either a journal or a moot court.

Transfer applicants who wish to petition for the journals at the University of Minnesota Law School must submit their applications no later than the first week in May, when the journal petition process will begin. Such applicants should include an addendum with their application noting their intent to petition.

Journal petitioning transfer applicants are responsible for obtaining petition packets on their own. Please contact mnpetitionquestions@gmail.com directly for instructions, deadlines and additional information about the petition process.

Transfer students automatically get the opportunity to participate in the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court program. This moot court introduces students to practical writing and oral argument exercises common in modern litigation.

Due to the fact that 1L students apply in their spring semester for the invitational moot courts based upon their 1L Legal Writing brief, spots for transfer students on these moot courts are very limited. For more information contact Stacy Nordstrom.

For more information, about Maynard Pirsig Moot Court click here.

Law School Office of Admissions




2014 Demographics of Transfer Applicants & Matriculants

  Applicants Matriculants
Total 66 42
Age Range 23-44 23-39
Gender 38% Female; 62% Male 40% Female; 60% Male
States 17 9 (27% resident; 73% nonresident - AZ, CA, IA, IL, MI, NY, OR, WI)
Countries 5 (Canada, China, Mexico, Nepal, South Korea) 4 (Canada, China, Mexico, South Korea)
Law Schools Represented 34 24

2013 Demographics of
Transfer Applicants & Matriculants

  Applicants Matriculants
Total 88 46
Age Range 22-49 22-42
Gender 30% Female; 70% Male 24% Female; 76% Male
States 26 19 (55% resident; 45% nonresident - AZ, CA, FL, LA, MI, MO, NC, ND, NJ, OH, PR, SC, VA, WA, WI)
Countries 12 (Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Haiti, Iran, Korea, Mexico, Russian Federation, Taiwan, Tajikistan) 8 (Canada, China, Haiti, Iran, Korea, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Taiwan)
Law Schools Represented 46 22